With “Introduction to Shader Programming”,
Pope Kim has finally closed that big gap in the real-time 3D graphics
literature. This book is an invaluable teaching resource, filling the need for
anyone needing to understand how shaders work in a practical and
straightforward way, while teaching at the same time the bases needed for
understanding more advanced shader books and techniques in a very friendly
manner. Thanks to this book, shaders will no longer be black magic but useful
tools for anyone interested in the subject.
- Daniel Barrero, PhD
‘Pope Kim is a seasoned rendering programmer with over 10 years of experience in the gaming industry. While working with top game studios, such as Electronic Arts and Relic Entertainment, he has shipped over a dozen of games on many platforms, including Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2 and PSP. He is now working as a technical consultant for both established and start-up companies.
He has degrees in Law and Computer Science, and is an occasional presenter at computer graphics or game developer conferences, such as SIGGRAPH and Korea Game Conference.
He is also a Microsoft MVP for Visual C++ and part-time educator. He served his 3 years at the Art Institute of Vancouver as a HLSL programming instructor and currently holds a professor position at Sogong University Game Education Center.
You can follow Pope at http://www.popekim.com or on Twitter at @BlindRenderer’
You will learn how to write a robust game loop, how to organize your entities using components, and take advantage of the CPUs cache to improve your performance. You'll dive deep into how scripting engines encode behavior, how quadtrees and other spatial partitions optimize your engine, and how other classic design patterns can be used in games.
In clear and approachable prose, design pro Tynan Sylvester also looks at the day-to-day process necessary to keep your project on track, including how to work with a team, and how to avoid creative dead ends. Packed with examples, this book will change your perception of game design.Create game mechanics to trigger a range of emotions and provide a variety of playExplore several options for combining narrative with interactivityBuild interactions that let multiplayer gamers get into each other’s headsMotivate players through rewards that align with the rest of the gameEstablish a metaphor vocabulary to help players learn which design aspects are game mechanicsPlan, test, and analyze your design through iteration rather than deciding everything up frontLearn how your game’s market positioning will affect your design
Why do some games become boring quickly, while others remain fun for years? How do games serve as fundamental and powerful learning tools? Whether you’re a game developer, dedicated gamer, or curious observer, this illustrated, fully updated edition helps you understand what drives this major cultural force, and inspires you to take it further.
You’ll discover that:Games play into our innate ability to seek patterns and solve puzzlesMost successful games are built upon the same elementsSlightly more females than males now play gamesMany games still teach primitive survival skillsFictional dressing for modern games is more developed than the conceptual elementsTruly creative designers seldom use other games for inspirationGames are beginning to evolve beyond their prehistoric origins
Every lesson builds on what you’ve already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success.
Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Godot engine programming tasks and techniques
Practical, hands-on examples show you how to apply what you learn
Quizzes and exercises help you test your knowledge and stretch your skills
Notes and tips point out shortcuts, solutions, and problems to avoid
Learn how to…
· Install Godot, create projects, and use the visual editor
· Master the scene system, and organize games with Scene Trees
· Create 2D graphics, 3D graphics, and animations
· Use basic and advanced scripting to perform many game tasks
· Process player input from any source
· Control game flow, configurations, and resources
· Maximize realism with Godot’s physics and particle systems
· Make the most of 3D shaders, materials, lighting, and shadows
· Control effects and post-processing
· Build richer, more sophisticated game universes with viewports
· Develop networked games, from concepts to communication and input
· Export games to the devices you’ve targeted
· Integrate native code, third-party APIs, and engine extensions (bonus chapter)